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Brussel sprouts and cauliflower

I bought seed and bought these "greenhouse on a shelf "  to plant them.  They are in a barn under garage led lights.  They have sprouted but are very thin.  Should the lid be removed?  Is my poor lighting causing this issue of long thin plants?  


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,821
    edited February 2020
    Yes ... that looks like extreme etiolation caused by poor light and too warm temperatures. 

    I’m afraid those plants are useless and will never amount to anything. Time to scrap them and start again. 

    But first you need to sort out some better growing conditions.

    Do you have a greenhouse or cold frame?

    Is this the right sowing time for your climate?

    Will you have enough well lit space to grow these on after pricking our into modules / pots?  It’s amazing how much space they need. 

    I wonder whether @PeggyTX might be around ... she may have some tips for growing brassicas in your region. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Ok thanks rewind
  • I had the same thing happen before but didn't know why.  Thank you
  • I think I will try planting directly in the ground.  I don't have a greenhouse 
  • jamesholtjamesholt Posts: 487
    got a bed ready
  • jamesholtjamesholt Posts: 487
    another new flower bed mad
  • jamesholtjamesholt Posts: 487
    planted tomatoes cauliflower brussel sprouts and broccoli 
  • jamesholtjamesholt Posts: 487
    first time to grow broccoli is it supposed to flower?
  • AstroAstro Posts: 407
    jamesholt said:
    first time to grow broccoli is it supposed to flower?
    No is my answer, that looks to have bolted. Flowering is the end of the cycle for bracicaes and they will do this early if they are stressed. They ideally like cool , bright and well watered conditions.

  • jamesholtjamesholt Posts: 487
    i can do well watered and bright but not the third.  should i just pull them all up and do something else?
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